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Shining Tides is a historic waterfront mansion in the greater Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. This manor has the style and elegance of a traditional New England coastal abode, with a grey and white exterior and a sprawling green lawn overlooking the water. Couples can find this mansion on the Mattapoisett Harbor, approximately 15 minutes from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 200 guests to their wedding celebration at Shining Tides. The festivities can begin with a breezy ceremony on the mansion’s private lawn overlooking the beach or on the beach itself - couples can marry with their toes in the sand or their feet planted firmly on the fresh green lawn. In the distance, the harbor’s bright blue waters are sprinkled with white watercraft. The horizon is but a faint line where the sky meets the sea. Following a couple’s “I dos,” guests can mingle on the lawn for a cocktail reception while couples use the venue and its scenic grounds for wedding portraits as the sun sets. Receptions take place on the covered porch of this coastal manor house. Here, they can dine and dance under the stars.

Services Offered
This venue may be used for wedding celebrations of all varieties, from ceremonies and receptions to bridal showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Helpful staff will assist couples with their event planning in the months and weeks leading up to the day of the wedding. This waterfront location also provides chairs, tables, and other event rentals for the couple’s big day. Guests can delight in onsite parking for the wedding, making traveling to this destination more convenient.

This house was built by the Charles A. King family of Boston in 1887 whence they purchased this land near the mouth of the Mattapoisett River. At that time, the facility was fondly referred to as “The Reservation.” After World War II the house became a popular summer inn and eventually earned the name Shining Tides. It was purchased by the leadership of the YMCA in 1963 along with 25 adjoining acres on the Mattapoisett Harbor. After going through a period of use as a summer camp, the property was renovated for year-round use and now serves as a preschool and after-school camp when it’s not hosting weddings and other glamorous events.

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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Wedding Cake

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Describe your venue:

Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Dance Floor

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?


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4.8 out of 5 rating
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Megan C. Married on 08/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Decision!

My husband and I got married at Shining Tides in August 2023 and we cannot recommend this venue enough!!! We visited in Summer 2022 and immediately knew our venue search was over! Elizabeth and her team are just incredible and made wedding planning easy and fun. Elizabeth is super welcoming, organized, and responsive. She was so patient with our many questions and helped us create our dream wedding. We hired all of our vendors from Elizabeth's recommendations list and every single one was top-notch. Our families and friends had the best time and have not stopped complimenting the beautiful venue, delicious food from Russell Morin, and overall experience. Thank you to Elizabeth and team - we had the most magical day and we are still reliving every moment!
Ben W. Married on 08/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue and Team!!!

If you are looking for a water-side venue where you get the perfect balance of having the freedom to create a wedding in your vision while also resting easy with the knowledge that the venue team will execute your vision to perfection, Shining Tides is the place for you! This place and the people who run it are AWESOME! As I am sure many of you reading this have done or are in the process of doing, we searched for a long time looking for the perfect venue for our wedding. When we first visited Shining Tides, it was a snowy winter day, but even through the snow, it was very clear to us what a naturally beautiful location it was. What was also clear to us was that Elizabeth, the sales and event manager for Shining Tides, was extremely friendly, organized, easygoing and experienced. This proved to be absolutely true: Throughout the planning process, Elizabeth was accessible, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and clear with all of her tips and tricks to maximize the use of the venue for us and our guests. She also worked seamlessly with the venue's exclusive catering company, Russell Morin Catering & Events, the DJ, florist, light vendor, transportation, and all of the other vendors we had present with us on the big day. Through our meetings with Elizabeth and the catering team, it was very obvious that they had everything organized and under control. Elizabeth and her team are very thorough and will make sure that both they and the couple have all necessary questions answered before the wedding day so things go off without a hitch. We had a fair amount of items to set up on Saturday and when we say Shining Tides did a truly incredible job setting every single decoration up to perfection, we mean it. We were amazed when we arrived at the venue; everything looked better than we imagined and from there, the day and night were just pure magic. The Shining Tides staff was kind, helpful, and on top of everything throughout the entire day. And then of course the venue itself was and is beautiful and has lovely views of the water; the ceremony and cocktail reception were out on the beautiful front lawn next to the water and the reception was on the open-air covered deck for the rest of the night. Our guests seemed to be as mesmerized with the place as we were. It was truly the best day of our lives and we feel very lucky that we chose Shining Tides as the place to do it. Thank you so much to Elizabeth and the Shining Tides team!!!
Jessica G. Married on 07/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Waterside Venue!

We celebrated our wedding at Shining Tides in July of 2023 and we LOVED it! Working with Elizabeth made our wedding planning process easy and stress free. She was quick to answer questions, offer advice, and she knew how to make our vision come to life. Her experience and knowledge helped us not only with the events at Shining Tides, but also in planning our whole wedding and what else we needed to coordinate in the area. In the planning process, Elizabeth helped us by supplying a list of recommended vendors and places to stay. On the day of, Elizabeth helped bring the wedding of our dreams come to life. She was a pleasure to work with!

Shining Tides also partners with Russell Morning Catering and Events. We have had so many guests comment on the beautiful venue and the delicious food! We cannot recommend Shining Tides enough!
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Shining Tides frequently asked questions

Shining Tides includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking
  • Set Up
Shining Tides includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The space offered by Shining Tides for wedding events is known for:
  • Beach
  • Historic Building
  • Waterfront
Shining Tides offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Shining Tides offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Shining Tides offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
Shining Tides offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables
Shining Tides is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in professionalism.

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